Great Gatsby Chapter 3

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a) Write about some of the ways Fitzgerald tells the story in Chapter 3. In Chapter 3, Fitzgerald uses many different ways to tell the story. By using vivid imagery, vibrant colours, cunning contrasts and many more profound techniques, Fitzgerald is able to effectively tell the story in Chapter 3 and magnetize the reader in. At the beginning of the chapter, we see Nick as a spectator narrating one of Gatsby’s wild and extravagant parties from afar in which ‘’men and girls came and went like moths among the whisperings and the champagne and the stars’’. The scene quickly changes to Gatsby’s mansion and in one of his parties in which Nick attends and ‘’was one of the few guests who had actually been invited’’. This also shows that Gatsby expends all this money on a party for people he may not know who have merely invited themselves and are welcomed simply for coming. One point of view is that he may be doing all this for Daisy to attract her in and show how rich and well-known he has become in New-York so that she would leave Tom and be reunited with him. At this point of the chapter we find Nick change from a spectator to a participator. During this chapter and most of the story, we see through Nick’s perspective of the party. A great deal of mystery still shrouds Gatsby as Fitzgerald has distanced Nick and us from him. Even at the party Nick and Jordan desperately try to find their host who is proving to be illusive among the hundreds of men and women. As they question and socialise with the crowds they hear many rumours about Gatsby. ‘’Somebody told me they thought he killed a man once’ ’and ‘’he was a German spy during the war’’ adds to Gatsby’s perplex resemblance. Jay Gatsby is the protagonist of the novel, but why does Fitzgerald delay his introductory until Chapter 3? It may be that by showing Nick’s impression of Gatsby before the two had actually met,
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